Bits & Pieces: The Mr. Plow Edition
Maxine Peake plays the gritty role of ‘Funny Cow’, a comedian who breaks through the glass ceiling of the all-male 1970s comedy circuit to rise to stardom. Set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs in the North of England, FUNNY COW is both a love-letter to a bygone era and the defiant story of a woman who refuses to give up her dreams.
Ladies First tells the inspirational story of Deepika Kumari who, as a girl born on the roadside to abject poverty in rural India, went in search of food, stumbled upon archery, and within four years became the number one archer in the World. The film follows Deepika’s journey from her community in rural India to Rio de Janeiro, where she fights to become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
The Week Of tells the story of a devoted, middle class father (Adam Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Chris Rock). A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives.
A Cambodian Spring is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over 6 years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed. This film is about the complexities – both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in.
The sweeping historical epic, set against the brutal backdrop of a stunning landscape, follows Sam (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man who becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man. A hunting party led by local lawman Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) is formed, but the community soon begin to question whether justice is really being served. The film has won awards in Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and screened at last years’ London Film Festival.
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Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend (1954) is a recognized classic of science fiction and horror. It has been adapted many times in films such as The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007). In 1958, Matheson wrote a script adapting the novel for Hammer Studios, but it was never filmed. The script was rejected by both the MPAA and the BBFC. In 1968, George Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a film he admitted was inspired by Matheson’s novel, and this was the film that Matheson felt was most faithful to the themes of his book.
Directed by acclaimed visual artist Lorna Tucker who makes her feature film debut, WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST is the first feature length documentary to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, Dame Vivienne Westwood: punk, icon, provocateur, and one of the most influential originators in recent history.
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